Trick and Treat Bags – Halloween crochet kits

Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes one of my favorite holidays – Halloween! The kid in me loves dressing up, eating sweets, and playing fun fall games, while the crafter in me loves putting together creative decorations and costumes.

finished-pumpkin-225x300
Showing off her Pumpkin Treat Bag

Last year, I made my daughter the darling Pumpkin Treat Bag, featured in the Fall 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet. She adores this bag. She has played with it throughout the seasons and is eager to use it when we go trick-or-treating again this year. It seems that this cute pumpkin is the gift that keeps on giving because it has become her go-to Halloween bag. I had a great time crocheting this smiling jack-o-lantern, and I’m going to make another treat bag for my nephew this fall.

Trick and Treat Bags
The perfect addition to any costume!

The Frankenstein Treat Bag or Mummy Treat Bag would be a great addition to a spooky monster costume, and the kits make your yarn selection a breeze! They contain the pattern and all the yarn you need to make the Trick and Treat Bag of your choice. You’ll even have some yarn left over for your next project.

Do your kids have their Halloween costumes picked out yet? Whatever they choose, put a crafty finishing touch on their outfits with one of these fun bags! They’ll use it for years to come, and it’s sure to get plenty of compliments when they’re trick-or-treating. Which kit is screaming your kiddo’s name?

Advertisements

Fourth of July YARN BOMB!

You all, our wonderful fellow crafters, sent us hundreds of stars for our nation-wide Fourth of July yarn bomb! We hung them all across Colorado so everyone who passed by could enjoy them as we celebrated our country over the weekend. We hope they continue to inspire passersby to think about our sense of community and how so many people came together to create these fun, patriotic displays.

Jen yarn bomb
Showing our pride at the Rapid’s game

We can’t thank you enough for participating, and we’ve already sent out prize packages to our giveaway winners. The messages some of you included with your stars truly touched us, and we are honored to share one of them here.

The message below is from Elizabeth in Chicago.

I would like to dedicate my stars to my father (a veteran), my brother-in-law (also a veteran), my friend Lisa (currently in the Army), and all those who are away from their families. Remember, we love you.

And finally to my grandparents, who in my eyes had the best love story. They were married on the 4th of July. They were married for over 50 years. I want a love like that.

Kathy yarn bomb
Adding some red, white, and blue to the 4th of July parade route in La Veta, CO

Again, thank you so much for sending stars and for spreading the word about our Fourth of July yarn bomb. We always love seeing  your knit and crocheted handiwork and coming together through craft.

Bench yarn bomb
A patriotic park display in Denver
Tree yarn bomb
Another fun red, white, and blue display at the park
Danielle yarn bomb
A colorful creation right outside the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office in Golden, CO

Be part of our Fourth of July YARN BOMB and GIVEAWAY!

usa starWe want to celebrate America’s birthday with a bang – and we don’t just mean fireworks! We would like to invite crafters across the country to come together with us in order to create a Fourth of July yarn bomb. Let’s  show that we are united in craft and country by being part of this nation-wide, patriotic yarn bomb!

To participate in this exciting collaborative event, simply knit or crochet a small star (or a bunch of stars!) and send it to us. Then, we’ll hang the stars in a public place for others to enjoy on Independence Day. If you would like to dedicate your stars or include a brief message, we will be sharing these messages on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. When the Fourth of July festivities are over, we will stitch the stars together and create a garland to be donated to a local veteran’s center.

You are welcome to use any star pattern you like, but we have included a quick and easy crochet pattern below if you’d like to use it. All colors and yarn weights are welcome, but remember to leave a loop so we can hang your beautiful star!

As a bonus, we will be giving away 10 prize packages to yarn bomb participants. Each star you send will count as one chance to win, so feel free to send a bunch! We will randomly choose our 10 winners on July 7th and announce them on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. We can’t wait to see all of your stars and share them with the world!

Free Star Pattern

Measurements: Approx 2¾” across x 2½” tall

Materials: Worsed weight yarn, U.S. size I-9 hook, yarn needle

Ch 4, leaving a long tail.
Rnd 1: 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with a sl st.
Rnd 2: *[Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc] in next st, sl st in next st, rep from * around, join with a sl st to first sc.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Weave both ends to the tip of one point. Make a knot approximately 4″ away from the star to create a hanging loop.

Please send stars to us at:

Love of Knitting/Love of Crochet

741 Corporate Circle, Suite A

Golden, CO 80401

Getting crafty to go green

yarn earthWhile we try to be as earth-friendly as possible all year round, it’s nice to take some time to think about new ways we can be good citizens of our world. With Earth Day just around the corner, there is no better time than now! We have a few crafty ideas to help you go green and have fun at the same time.

Do you have a stash of flimsy plastic bags hiding somewhere in your kitchen? Cut them into long strips, knot the strips together, and you have thick plastic yarn you can use to knit or crochet a sturdy reusable tote that will last for ages.

If you have some old t-shirts that are too tattered to donate, cut them into strips to make versatile fabric yarn. T-shirt yarn is wonderful for making thick rugs, trendy bags, or even pretty storage containers for your shelves.

Next time you’re near your local thrift store, stop in and see if there are any knit or crocheted items you can unravel for the yarn. You’ll want to be sure the pieces aren’t cut from machine-knit fabric because you want to avoid finding many short, separate strands of yarn in the piece rather than a long, continuous piece. After you ball the yarn, use it to make any type of project you like, and feel good about the fact that you are reusing resources!

Have you ever tried any of these ideas? What are some other crafty ways we can go green? The Summer Issue of Love of Knitting goes on sale on Earth Day, April 22nd, and we have another fabulous idea we can’t wait to share with you. Trust us – you won’t want to miss this one!

Be Mine, Valentine!

valentinebag_IMG_0338_medHere is a quick and easy crocheted project to carry (and receive) all those great little Valentine cards and candies! My daughter has already claimed it for her Valentine’s party at school! It’s also a great project to help you learn bobbles if you’ve never done them before. The bobbles I used are called 3-stitch bobbles, and the instructions came from our Beginner’s Guide in the Love of Crochet Spring 2013 Issue.

Download the FREE Valentine Bag pattern here!

If you’re in a rush and need a really cute, but really easy crocheted top for your Valentine’s dinner date, take a look at the Blackberry Lace top from Love of Crochet’s Weekend Crochet Issue. It would be super cute over just jeans, or you could spice it up with a black tank and black pencil skirt! Don’t forget your sassy heels! Ooooooh!

If you just want to try out some more bobbles, check out the Simple and Stylish Sweater from Love of Crochet’s Holiday 2013 Issue for a really beautiful sweater that will go with just about everything.

If you’re a knitter and need some easy projects to update your Valentine look, wrap yourself in the beautiful Easy Cranberry Shawl from our Winter 2013 Issue of Love of Knitting, or the Lacy Shrug from Love of Knitting’s Special Occasions 2013 Issue.

Valentine’s pattern roundup

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we like to think of this as a holiday to celebrate everyone we love having in our lives. What better way to do that than with some wonderful handmade projects that come straight from the heart? We have gathered up some of our favorite Valentine’s inspired knit and crochet patterns, and some of them are small enough that you’ll have plenty of time to make them before the 14th!

heart_to_heart_web_bonus_200The Heart to Heart Sweater is a darling free pattern you can download directly from the Love of Knitting website. It is covered in colorful hearts, knit in intarsia, and sized for kiddos age 3-8.

Sweaters. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa)

The Love Your Stripes sweater from the Spring 2012 Issue of Love of Knitting is sized for ages 2-12 and features a heart worked in easy duplicate stitches. The classic stripes are sure to please even the pickiest little fashionista.

heart_bunting_200The Heart Bunting from the Summer 2012 Issue of Love of Crochet will work up in an evening for a sweet decoration to get your family into the Valentine’s spirit.

crochet_bookmark_20013

The flowery Book Buddies from the Spring 2013 Issue of Love of Crochet would be a great gift for a book lover in your life. Give one of these charming bookmarks instead of (or in addition to!) a bouquet of their favorite flowers.

We’ll take any excuse you can imagine to stitch something wonderful out of yarn, and Valentine’s Day gives us the fabulous opportunity to make cute projects for the people we care about. Do you have any Valentine’s crafts planned?

Crochet Along – Pumpkin Treat Bag – We’re ready for Halloween!

We finished our adorable Trick and Treat Bag! In fact, it already saw some “action”at a fun community event over the weekend, but we can’t wait to go trick or treating with it again tonight.

finished pumpkin

I used the long tails on his eyes, nose, and mouth to sew the facial features onto the bag. Usually, finishing work like this isn’t my favorite part of a project (I’d much rather just continue crocheting!), but this little guy stitched up in a flash and I had a great time finishing him up. Between making this cute bag and trick or treating with my daughter, this truly is a happy Halloween!

Stephani’s Pumpkin Treat Bag

Stephani pumpkin

  Leonora’s Mummy Treat Bag

Leonora mummyWe’d love to see pictures of your Trick and Treat Bags. Stephanie and Leonora shared their bags with us on our Facebook page, and they are both so fun and fabulous! We love seeing what our friends are up to, so feel free to share pictures with us on Facebook or email them to us at mail@loveofcrochet.com. We here at Love of Crochet wish you a safe and happy Halloween!